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March 26, 2009 6:04:47 AM

I'm a mild gamer so i don't go for powerful graphics card. But I do love to watch on-line media and this build main intention is to replace my dvd player and store my dvd collection onto the computer for quick and easy access and get a blu-ray player, it will heavily be used for ripping and transcoding at least for a good long time, with mild gaming on the side, there is a desk monitor speaker set up separate to the tv set up but are realitvly close to each other.

Anyways see a problem with this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $129.99

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Link Depot 10 ft. DVI-D male to DVI-D male dual link Cable Model DVI-10-DD - OEM $12.99

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2x Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $99.99

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2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $59.99

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ASUS Xonar D2 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Ultra Fidelity Sound Card with Complete Dolby/DTS Sound Technologies - Retail $179.99

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PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $99.99

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G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $44.99

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GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $114.99

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $274.99 (not sure if this amount of power is necessary)

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LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L - Retail $109.99

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OCZ OCZTFRZTC Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound - Retail $5.99

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XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $36.99

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XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $8.49

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XFX PVT98WYDBF GeForce 9800 GTX+ Black Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $169.99
Free FarCry2 & Call of Duty 5 game w/ purchase, limited offer

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ARCTIC COOLING Accelero Xtreme 9800 Fluid Dynamic VGA Cooler - Retail $42.99 (do i need to get like heatsinks for ram or is it covered already i can't tell by picture and this would be my first time installing a vga cooler)

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3x Scythe GentleTyphoon D1225C12B3AP-13 120mm Case Fan - Retail $12.99

Total is ~ 1700 after shipping tax etc not a problem it's about what i aimed for, any suggestions on this. Remember Quiet and Cool over a long long period of time is what i desire then Gaming is second, nothing ruins watching a movie more then 4-5 2800rpm fans in a case making more noise then a barking dog.
March 26, 2009 6:17:40 AM

Well the build looks gud....but just a few suggestions...
1. Get the GTS 250 instead of the 9800GTX+.
It has the same chip on a smaller die...so less heat...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Well as the motherboard is crossfire only, I would either change the graphics card to ATI or get a more powerful nvidia card

ATI option -
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Or Nvidia -
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3. You can save some cash on the PSU without having to sacrifice quality...
Get the corsair 650TX...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 26, 2009 7:21:02 AM

Hum i guess ill flip a coin for
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one has an already aftermarker cooler but requires 2 6 pins for the picture
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one has the xfx warranty ( although i would void it as soon as i see a decent GTS 250 cooler come out) with it and only uses 1 6pin
ionno what the significance of 2 6 pins on a board that should only require 1 means but i doubt it should draw more power and more heat from it unless more power is needed, right?

I like aftermarket vga coolers because gpu's tend to be the most vulnerable to ambient temperatures and this comp will be probably running half the day or more and because i'm using quiet venting fans i can't move as much air as i would like to maintain a very lower ambient temperature. I remember putting an aftermarket cooler on my 7900 made all the world in keeping it cool during long periods.



I do not need a lot of power for when i play games i only play on a 19" 1280x1024

As for as the 10 dollar difference I've been a long user of pc power and cooling also i find usually the big 120mm fan or w.e for psu are quiet until put under load then they tend to speed up to be quite loud.
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March 26, 2009 7:37:40 AM

Actually even the Corsair has the big Thermally controlled 120mm fan
March 26, 2009 7:39:28 AM

The cool and quiet option :

forget the quadcore . Its going to make twice as much heat [ and noise] as a C2D . Get yourself an e8400 . It doesnt matter if it takes longer to to rip and encode a movie . You are not going to be sitting there watching it .

Then to make things better UNDERCLOCK the e8400
March 26, 2009 3:32:37 PM

If you are gaming at 1280x1024, you may be satisfied with the performance of a 4670. They are low-power cards, so they won't add a lot of heat. If you want more power though, look at a 4830 or 4850. Some HIS models of those cards (HD4670 to HD4850) cost a little more but have 2-slot coolers and will exhaust the heat out of your case. I have a HIS 4850, and it is virtually silent up to 50% fan speed, and not obnoxious even faster.
I'm not sure I understand your hard drive choices. You might like a single 320GB drive for your OS and apps, and 3 (or more) WD 1TB in RAID-5 for data. Avoid the latest Seagates, they have lots of problems. Even with all these drives, especially if you go for a lower-power GPU, an Antec Earthwatts 500 would be sufficient. It has an 80mm fan, but any of the ones I've used (also the 430W and 380W models) have been very quiet. Earthwatts are now made by Delta, the same company responsible for their Signature series.
March 26, 2009 3:51:06 PM

Couple of options 2 for the GPU and 2 for the PSU:

MSI R4870-MD1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB With native HDMI Port $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 $169.99
With Free Far Cry 2 game
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The PCP&C 610 is a great PSU, however only has 2 x 6pin PCI-E connectors.
No 6+2pin that is required for the higher end cards. Biggie or no biggie?

Edit: The PCP&C 610 will work perfect with your system as is. I'm not saying it won't, it only limits your upgrade path.

The CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W has 2 x 6+2pin connectors and is $69.99
More power, less money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W has 4 x 6+2pin connectors and is $89.99
only $5.00 more
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